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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for the M.S. in Organizational Leadership

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Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete application for admission. Apply online now.
  2. Students must submit a non-refundable $35 application fee
  3. Students must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  4. Students must have earned a minimum overall undergraduate quality point average of 2.75 on all work attempted.
  5. Student must submit an official transcript of all college coursework attempted.
  6. Students must submit scores for one of the following three acceptable exams: Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Records Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Assessment Test (GMAT). Test scores must be no more than five years old.

     -MAT Target Score (397)

     -GRE Target Score (151 verbal and 143 quantitative)

     -GMAT Target Score (430)

  1. Students must provide official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not the applicant's native language.
  2. Students must submit a copy of his/her most updated resume.
  3. Students must submit an essay describing his/her Philosophy of Leadership [no more than two double-spaced, word processed pages]
  4. Students must have at least 8 years of organizational/work experience.
  5. Students must submit a letter of recommendation/support from a person in the student's leadership structure.
  6. Students must complete a formal interview with the departmental faculty. Interviews will be conducted only after potential candidates have applied for admission and are judged qualified.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission may be granted if the applicant does not meet the minimum or target academic criteria but would otherwise qualify on the basis of other admissions criteria.The admissions committee may grant admission for one semester on a provisional basis. These admissions will be decided on a case-by-case basis and may be granted with evidence of a documented extenuating circumstance. Provisionally admitted students will be allowed to register for a maximum of one course per session (selected by the department faculty) during their provisional semester.A minimum grade of B in each course will be required to continue in the program.

Application Deadlines

Students are accepted into the program prior to the beginning of fall and spring semesters. Admission deadline for fall semester is July 30 and for spring is November 30.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six (6) semester units of post-graduate level credit may be transferred, where applicable to the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree. Transfer courses must have been completed with a grade of "B" (3.0) or higher in the graduate division of a regionally accredited university.

Application Deadlines

Students are accepted into the program prior to the beginning of fall and spring semesters. The priority deadline for fall semester is July 30 and for spring is November 30.

Mail materials to:

Mercer University College of Continuing and Professional Studies

2930 Flowers Road South, Suite 335

Atlanta, GA  30341-4115

Attn: Jacquelynn Thompson

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service approved by Mercer University. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for undergraduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your self-managed application packet.

B. Official Translations: Documents submitted in a language other than English, must be accompanied by official translations.

C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission. Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.

D. Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US $25,000.

E. Visa Status: International Applicants who are currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)